Day: August 6, 2022

Brunson’s “Abbott” tops TCA awards

It’s been a splendid first season – well, partial season – for Quinta Brunson and “Abbott Elementary.”
The ABC comedy debuted at mid-season and has had only 13 episodes so far. But in the Television Critics Association awards, it was named best comedy, best new show and program of the year; also, Brunson (shown here) won the award for individual achievement in comedy.
That’s a multi-tasking individual. In the Emmy Awards, she’s the first Black woman with three comedy nominations – as best actress, as producer and as writer of the pilot film. Read more…

Best-bets for Aug. 8: “Saul” ends (almost), “Darby” begins

1) “Better Call Saul,” 9-10:17 p.m., AMC, rerunning at 11:17. Only two episodes remain in this great prequel. Last week, we finally re-met the “Breaking Bad” guys, Walter and Jesse. They redid the scene when they first met Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk, shown here) — also known as Gene and, later, as Saul — the shifty lawyer for their emerging drug business. Now he’s ready to work with them. Tonight, AMC says, a discovery will raise the stakes. Read more…

It’s a quick leap: from warehouse worker to TV star

Americans have a special fondness for working guys who suddenly get a shot at the top.
They savor folks like Chuck Wepner, the liquor salesman and battered boxer (billed as “The Bayonne Bleeder”) who suddenly fought Muhammad Ali for the title; he knocked him down, went almost 15 rounds and inspired the movie “Rocky.”
And now there’s Chris Estrada (shown here), whose TV show (“This Fool”) debuts its entire, 10-episode season Thursday (Aug. 12) on Hulu. When it was first hatched, he said, “I was still working at warehouse.” Read more…